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Opioid Research Funding Increases As Heartbreaks from Fentanyl Overdoses Continue


In the early morning hours of May 26th, 2017, the town of Lawrenceville, Georgia was shaken by the sudden death of Dustin Manning, 19, from a Fentanyl overdose. He was a vibrant young man, setting his sights on a career in the US Marine Corps. But in an ironic turn, tragedy would soon turn to disbelief. About an hour later, a local 911 dispatcher received an emergency call from another Lawrenceville resident, Dave Abraham. Dave’s son, Joseph Abraham, 18, and Dustin’s childhood friend, had also overdosed from a fatal dose of Fentanyl. Joe loved the outdoors, enjoyed hiking and fishing, and was taking advanced classes in school. Dustin and Joe lived less than a mile from one another. The suburb of Atlanta was left in shock.[1]

Final toxicology reports have also revealed that rock legend Tom Petty died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose on
 October 2, 2017. The singer had been prescribed several drugs to treat several health issues, including coronary artery disease, emphysema, depression, insomnia, knee problems, and a fractured hip.

In response to the nation’s opioid crisis--approximately 90 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses--the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for behavioral intervention research that leverages a $1 billion initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants, also known as the Opioid STR grants. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the Opioid STR grants have been distributed to all 50 U.S. states, U.S. territories, and free-associated states to expand access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services; reduce unmet treatment needs; and help to prevent opioid overdose deaths.[2]

For a list of NIDA’s recent publications and policy briefs about Fentanyl, see NIDA’s Fentanyl page.





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